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Best of 2018 Redux - Lake Street Dive

A short series of posts looking at the albums that either arrived too late, or I discovered through other peoples 'best of' lists, that I feel warrant discussion in the 'Best Of 2018'.

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Free Yourself Up by Lake Street Dive



I have to thank Jeff Fielder from the excellent "Great Albums Podcast" for bringing this gem to my attention in his best of 2018 rundown.

On the show in which this is discussed they played the track "Shame, Shame, Shame" and described it as being what Fleetwood Mac might have sounded like if Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham hadn't joined in late 1974. I can see where they're coming from in relation to the aforementioned track, but there is so much more to this band.


A veritable smorgasbord of styles between which the band adeptly switch from song to song, sometimes even within the song. From the soulful, funky rock of opener "Baby Don't Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts" through the vocal showcase of "Good Kisser", to the reflective "I Can Change", (which could have come from Gillan Welch's 2003 album "Soul Journey"), the band show their chops and flexibility.


Lead singer Rachael Price's voice is a thing of wonder, capable of great power followed by vulnerability in the very next moment. I also enjoyed the lyrical content, with "Good Kisser" and "Dude" opening my eyes and ears to a different view of the world than is often present in the music I listen to.

After first being blown away by this album, I struggled to come up with a way to describe it to a good friend who I felt sure would enjoy it. I finally settled on "a cross between Dusty Springfield and Amy Winehouse fronting The Black Crowes covering the songs of Stevie Wonder". Whilst this verges on hyperbole, and it invites comparison to some of titans of popular music, I feel it is an accurate description of their melange of styles.

Atypical of my normal tastes, which perhaps made it stand out even more, I cannot recommend this album highly enough. Had I discovered it earlier this would have easily made my top ten of 2018.

It musta been something......


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